P.M. NEWS MONDAY 8-19-13

State comptroller Tom DiNapoli said state tax receipts for the first four months of the 2013-2014 fiscal year are 13.3 percent higher than they were last year. Personal income taxes are up almost 18 percent, with most of that in estimated tax collections from April. The state’s general fund had a balance of $4.4 billion at the end of July, slightly lower than projected
State Troopers arrested 28 year old Shawn Wheeler of Sherburne for an outstanding Bench Warrant from village of Earlville Court. Upon arrest he was found to be illegally possessing prescription medications, and also a small amount of marihuana. He was charged with 7th degree Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Wheeler was arraigned in village of Sherburne Court and released
The Chenango County Health Department has issued a rabies advisory. Rabies has been identified in local wildlife, and any wild animal acting strangely in close proximity to residential areas should be considered dangerous. For more information go to co.chenango.ny.us
The pension fund for New York state and local government workers has slipped to $158.7 billion after its most recent quarter. The Common Retirement Fund is reporting a 0.29 percent return on investment for the period ending June 30. It paid out $2.3 billion. Its estimated value was $160.4 billion at the end of March, an all-time high. It pays benefits to more than 400,000 retirees and beneficiaries
The New York State Department of Health announced the release of new health data on its website. The new data will provide New Yorkers with 24/7 access to important health information. Visit health.data.ny.gov
Otsego and Chenango counties will receive a total of more than $55,000 in state aid to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Gov. Cuomo announced the $1.7 million state funding package on Friday for 13 New York counties, cities and towns to help repair local roads and bridges damaged by the 2011 storms. The additional funding means communities will only be responsible for paying five percent of overall costs to rebuild critical transportation infrastructure. Otsego County will receive $34,880 and Chenango County, $20,760

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